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I Have Had Spinal Surgery

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    On the 19th I had my first lower lumbar surgery.

    I broke my back November 11, 2012. I'm scared now. after the surgery the surgeon stated that I will need it fused in a matter of years. I'm have been so independent even after the injury. I find it so hard to ask for help to pick things up off the floor. Or to even put on socks...
    BrandiLyn09 BrandiLyn09 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 22, 2014

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    My Past Operation

    I had a scoliosis since my childhood, +50ยบ degrees, and evoluting, i was operated and fortunately, everything went well. Now i'm fine, although after first month of operation i had many pain.
    Tvfc Tvfc 18-21, M Jul 28, 2013

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    Just Had Spinal Surgery For Spinal Stenosis

    I would just like to share my surgery, I am 26 female, and on March 21, 2013, I went to the emergency room because my right leg was paralyzed, they ran a MRI and within 2 hours of having the MRI done, I had a Neurologist come into my room and tell me that I had to have spinal...
    MeiDio MeiDio 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    S1 Fusion Charite Disc Replacement At L4/5

    Hi everybody so good to find this forum .i had my surgery in 2008 on the Gold Coast .All went well however I was told I could go back to everything ,work( pool builder) exercise with no restrictions .I did this as I had to to support my family and run my business .I think this...
    Wolffy1 Wolffy1 51-55, M 2 Responses May 26, 2013

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    Neck Pain

    Hi, I have had an anterior discectomy with decompression and fusion in 2003 on c5 - c6 (for those who know the surgeon enters through the front of the throat to access your spine (neck).  Also, in 2009 I had another C6-c7 this time decompression surgery and disc...
    clwainwright clwainwright 41-45 2 Responses Aug 25, 2009

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    Microdiscectomy @ L5/S1

    Microdiscectomy at L5 S1 HI Everyone, Would like some advice/comments good and bad with regard to my experience of recent surgery. First off here's my story. Twelve years ago I experienced a pro-lapsed disc which left a snag pushing into my sciatic nerve. Despite having two...
    Warried Warried 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 3, 2013

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    My 360 Spinal Fusion

    Hi, my name is Janice and 3 weeks ago I had a 360 spinal fusion with hardware at my l4 l5 and s1. This was to correct a broken vertabrea and two ruptured disks. I also had alot of nerve pain in both my legs that caused them both to feel like pins and needles and it just kept...
    jgoodwin104 jgoodwin104 22-25, F Oct 19, 2012

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    Spinal Fusion July 30, 2013

    I had spinal fusion surgery on July 30th of this year. When I woke up I was in sooooo much pain. They said the first 24-48 hours is the worst - they were not kidding! I didn't think I would make it through the night but I did and they got me out of bed and walking the next day...
    GenH GenH 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2013

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    I'v Had 5 Spinal Surgery's And Have a cage around my disc in lower lumbar

    August 27th 2007 was my first spinal fusion of my whole upper spine then december 4th 2008 I had my lower section fused, Febuary 2nd 2010 I was opened up from neck to tail bone area so they could Try and clean out an infection. 4 months later I started getting a fever of 104.5...
    karinaleavens karinaleavens 18-21 10 Responses Nov 10, 2011

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    Spinal Stenosis

    Hi fellow pain endurists, only desperate people like me will know how it feels to live in a never ending world of pain... unfortunately have been diagnosed with osteoarthritits/spinal stenosis which has been the cause of unbearable sciatica for the past 6 months. I had to leave...
    Sanree Sanree 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    Spinal Surgery

    i had emergency spinal surgery on nov.22 after falling 17 ft. off a ladder at work.they gave me a t-10 l-3 fusion and a cage.1 of my vertebra was crushed and the other was destroyed.i now have neurogenic bowel and bladder.theres pain of some sort everyday,but ican walk and do...
    billbuzz billbuzz 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 12, 2012

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    I Am Looking At Having Disc Replacement

    ia there anyone who has had disc replacement? if so could you please send me details of your experience and how has it effected you since having the surgery. at the moment i am only being offered FUSION.
    englishrose24 englishrose24 51-55 1 Response Oct 29, 2010

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    Emergency Thoracic Fusion

    In October of 2008 I went to my primary care doctor for my annual physical. I told her I had been having a lot of pain and that my back felt like it was broken. After xrays and MRI's they told me I had a herniated disc that was putting pressure on my spinal cord and that I needed...
    Sambouka Sambouka 31-35 Dec 22, 2009

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    I had it at gosh when I was 8.

    Near the end I had a strange hankering for water. Missed 3 months of school. MSG me if u wanna know more ๐Ÿ˜œ
    Nickstar13 Nickstar13 13-15, F Aug 10, 2014

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    Neck Pain Is Better

    I had spine surgery in October 2008. The doctor fused C-2,3,4 because of herniated disks and arthritis. I had been in a lot of pain in my shoulder and neck and was losing the feeling in my hands. The surgery went fine and I was home within 24-hours. Two or three days later when...
    LoneBlogger LoneBlogger 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2011

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    2 Failed Back Surgeries

    iva had 2 different l5-s1 discectomies, now contemplating a fusion, im scared as hell, i watch youtube videos and it is scaring me even more...im sure i wont feel anything while in surgery but leading up to it is killing me,and also thinking about the recovery isnt helping none...
    jojo713 jojo713 36-40 1 Response Apr 29, 2013

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    I Am Writing This For Anyone Thinking Of Having Spine Surgery

    I want to share my experience, in case it helps anyone else: may what happened to me never again happen. I only ever went to the "best" surgeons. Surgeon #1 trained at the Mayo, taught at an Ivy league medical school, and had wall plaques coming out of his ears - with a very...
    LightHealing1000 LightHealing1000 41-45, F 7 Responses Sep 10, 2010

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    Spine Surgery For Spondylolisthesis.

    I had surgery for Spondylolisthesis by Dr. Michale Hasz of the Virginia Spine Institute. I found Dr. Hasz as well as the Institute's staff to be among the most professional I've encountered for anything anywhere. I am healing just fine and can see good improvements.
    Spondylolisthesis Spondylolisthesis 70+ Nov 15, 2012

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    I am having a spinal fusion on my lower back.

    The disc is gone! Mr I showed compressed nerve. Tops of my feet hurt. And right leg pain is unbearable at times. The neuro surgeon said my pain would be completely healed because only 1 disc is involved. Can the nerve be permanently damaged? I hope not! The pain is awful. I'm...
    sourapplemix sourapplemix 46-50 3 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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    Related Experiences

    Hey I'm 13 and am currently planning out my surgery for scoliosis.
    jewelsmp jewelsmp 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 13

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    I have had them for years. I use to have them all of the time but in recent years they had become few and far between until recently. I hate not knowing when one may happen and not...
    mrhph3 mrhph3 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 6

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    Okay so i have had a hard time throughout my life . Okay so when i was about 3 to 7 my sister would molest me and do things to me a sister should never do . So growing up with my...
    britt1276 britt1276 22-25, F Jan 2

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    I got it tonight and have had it in the past too. Its really horrible. Sometimes its for the most part of a few hours, sometimes less. I hardly sleep and has been 1hr last few...
    stargirl58 stargirl58 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    I have had a nightmare of chucky
    emayala emayala 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    This is it. I knew the day would come eventually. I've been the victim of my own short sightedness and weaknesses more times than you could imagine, but I have had enough. It's...
    2000SmilingKnuckles 2000SmilingKnuckles 18-21, M Jan 8

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    I just had my second knee surgery yesterday. This time it was my right knee. Between October to January, I've had 2 knee surgeries. Basically the same thing. They cleaned it out...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 26-30, F 14 Responses Jan 16

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    Here I am again. A week ago I was dancing and then my knee just hurt sooooo bad. omg. Just like my left knee. So . . . . . today I went to the Orthopedic Dr and had an x-ray...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose 26-30, F 14 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    When I was 11 I was at a friend's house swimming in their pool. My parents arrived early to pick me up and I didn't want to leave yet so I refused to get out of the pool. One thing...
    TractorGirl93 TractorGirl93 18-21, F 2 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    my experience was maybe 20 yrs ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday! I just got to my parents house with my 3 young children. I told my mom I needed a cat nap and...
    jojohnson108 jojohnson108 46-50, F 3 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    I am day 3 post op. Had to do the disgustingly gross contrast swallow this morning but am amazed at how 7 2cm cuts have already changed my life in such a positive way... That and...
    snaismith snaismith 36-40, F 1 Response a week ago

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    So first story is from summer camp when I was 12 or 13, I can't remember which. At this camp there's about 10 kids in a cabin so naturally there isn't much privacy. Additionally...
    japps japps 18-21, M Dec 31, 2014

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    I had posted this on someone else's feed. Had to copy & paste to share with you all.. when I was about 11 we moved into a house that was haunted. My mom & sisters said they would...
    Isayis23 Isayis23 26-30, M Jan 15

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    Ok I think this one seriously will take the cake on weird experiences I've had...so alright I've been having problems with my dad a lot lately. We made up the other day, and things...
    lovedownunder lovedownunder 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    I keep dreaming that I become friends again with this girl that I had been friends with from kindergarten- age 21 (we are not friends anymore). We stopped being friends at age 21...
    Eastcoastgirl2 Eastcoastgirl2 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    Last night I experienced something that I hope to be sleep paralysis. I hope it to be sleep paralysis because I would not want to accept the reality that comes with that of it not...
    gabrielle1722 gabrielle1722 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    I never ever had lice as a kid because I was so ticky about letting my friends use my brush or my hats because my mother always warned me to do so. My mom and sister got lice a few...
    upupandaway24 upupandaway24 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    So this was on monday. I had a doctors appointment at 11:30 am and i didnt have a very good sleep . I woke at 4:30 am and couldnt fall back to sleep till 9:00. So i went to my room...
    LocoSaulteaux LocoSaulteaux 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    I don't really think I did but I had to join this group to post this, maybe someone will help me out. I've had episodes of waking up in the middle of the night and not remembering...
    Offing Offing 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 16

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    I've had an number of X-rays taken of me over the years and apart from having to lay in uncomfortable positions they haven't been too bad. The one I remember most vividly was the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 days ago

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    Hi everyone! I'm blessed to say that I am alive today thanks to 10 bilateral ECT treatments that I had in July of 2014. I went from a happy-go-lucky college girl with a loving...
    Livelaughlove6813 Livelaughlove6813 18-21 1 day ago

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    I was in school, sitting at my desk, listening to my Spanish teacher talk when I realized I was becoming increasingly anxious. I couldn't sit still and my eyes kept darting arond...
    dioptase13 dioptase13 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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    I had this last night... Is it a spiritual phenomenon or is it purely scientific? It was terrifying..
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    I had a sexual experience with a sibling. When I was growing up, we love each other and respect each other, but sometimes you just need to be dirty, that is the ultimate taboo...
    TxRocker TxRocker 46-50, M Dec 28, 2014

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    I'll never forget the experiences I've had with this..
    LeighCrothers LeighCrothers 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    i don't think I've had sleep paralysis exactly but one time i did wake up and just couldn't move for like a minute. i was thinking i wonder why i can't move then maybe I'm having...
    Jin777 Jin777 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    I had a experience with someone we were in the car driving we pulled into a park but it was close police pulled over and wanted to look in the trunk they said they had got a call...
    bigfrank917 bigfrank917 31-35, M Dec 31, 2014

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    Has anyone experienced or know someone who has had IVF and it's not worked... The sad feeling of why me, and the emptiness inside
    csi2710 csi2710 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 1

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    praying to a god that never answers prayers on time. if I had to give up my career because of the neurpoathic pains and just staying home doing nothing, I'd rather die or better...